EP #2 Diary – Part 1

I tracked most of my first EP in the studio. This time I’ve decided to do all the recording myself at home then get Mark to mix it. Not because I can do a better job (I know I can’t). But because I have to work more quickly. Relying on favours means sessions have to be spread over a long time and the project loses focus. Also I have to find a ‘rhythm’ that fits with where I am as a writer. I’m on the bottom rung. Possibly in a small rut at the foot of a ladder. It might be nice to be a dolled up and look far nicer than I really am, but I’ll only end up releasing a few songs once in a blue moon.

For the same reason I’ve decided to do 3 songs to Airport’s 5.

EP 2 started off on a whim. I fired a few Facebook messages to friends asking for help knowing if they agreed to help the EP was a ‘thing’ and I’d have to start work. They did, so now I have

  • A mix engineer/producer/mastering engineer
  • A graphic designer

Of the three songs

  • Track one is finished, bounced down to stems and with Mark the producer
  • Track three is finished but needs bouncing
  • Track two …needs minor rewriting/rerecording…

…except when I went back to the original session IT WASN”T RECORDED TO A CLICK!!!

Every time I demo a new tune I always say to myself “do it to a click and in concert pitch just in case you want to rework it later”. And I always have a little argument with myself, because I never go back and redo those old demos. I guess when I recorded this track I gave into the dark side. AND NOW I HAVE TO RERECORD THE WHOLE THING FROM SCRATCH. There’s a lesson there.

As of today I’ve done scratch guitar, drums, vocals, strings and bass. And most of the ‘real’ guitar and piano.

After much time online I found a cover image taken by the amazingly talented Ariel Hache from Buenos Aires, tracked him down and obtained permission to use it. (check out his work here).

The EP is going to be called

Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky

About mattblick

Songwriter/Singer from Nottingham, UK. My 2nd EP, Everything In The World Is Fighting Everything In The Sky, is out now. I'm blogging (& podcasting) through the entire Beatles catalogue at Beatles Songwriting Academy. In my spare time I wish I had some spare time.
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